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The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

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Llano, California
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our room was on the second floor we checked in late after 10pm very easy check in despsite the hour. The room was clean and the beds comfortable, nice television lots of plug in for cell and laptop The room itself is lovely bath a little small but serviceable. Great lobby and pool area underground parking a good deal at... More 

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Donna, We sincerely appreciate your terrific review of the Lafayette Hotel! We are delighted that you were pleased with our unique style and our dedicated team! Thanks for the shout-out for our Hope46 Restaurant as well! That you would stay with us again makes our day! More 

San Jose, California
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Second time staying at the Lafayette while visiting San Diego. This visit we stayed in a king bed room overlooking the beautiful pool. Room was clean but a bit dated and the bed comfortable. Room is on the second floor, with a terrace. Large flat screen TV with Showtime. Breakfast was included and was overboard! (in a great way) They... More 

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy that you came back a second time to stay with us. We appreciate your shout-out for our Hope46 Restaurant and our historic Weissmuller Pool; we will pass you kind words on. Sorry for the noises you heard at 1:30 am; we will review this with our security guards as they have the... More 

Hermoupolis, Greece
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lafayette is well located, walking distance to good food and shopping. The staff are quite helpful and pleasant, but the environment of this old time hotel was just delightful. I enjoyed the quite high ceilings and spacious feel to all rooms, public spaces and private. Only drawback was the noise. I could hear everything spoken in the adjacent room and... More 

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Nancy, Thank you for taking the time to write your review! We appreciate you recognizing our ideal location as well as the unique charm and decor of the Lafayette. In addition, we will pass on your kind words on about our dedicated staff. We also appreciate your comments regarding the noises that disturbed you; and we apologize for it.... More 

San Diego, California
1 review
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Hotel was quaint from exterior and the lobby area was also very nice. We git a room on the 1st floor just off the pool and parking lot. The room was very loud starting at 6:00am and evening hours. We got very little sleep. Im assuming other more expensive rooms were nicer, but our room had a bad smell so... More 

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Sandy, Thank you for your review! We appreciate you recognizing the unique charm and decor of our hotel. We also appreciate your comments regarding the noise that disturbed you; and we apologize for it. This feedback helps us to know what is important to guests and how we can improve. We hope to see you again in the future! More 

Fleetwood, PA
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband travels constantly for work, and we didn't want a chain hotel....we, did not get one!!!! The Lafayette is quirky, weird, wonderful.... it has a beautifully decorated shabby chic, vintage lobby...the outdoor pool is from another time, and is marvelously up to date. Every bit of food we had at the Lafayette was way above expectations. Things moved a... More 

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review! We appreciate you recognizing what we take pride in, including our unique charm and decor, a departure from the chain hotels! Thanks for your shout-out for the cuisine of our Hope46 Restaurant as well! The fact that you would stay here again makes our day! More 

Mesa, Arizona
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing! We went last August. AMY the manager was great, we had had a negative experience at another hotel down the road and came to the Lafayette. It was my birthday and we were stressed to say the least when we arrived. Amy could not have been more accommodating and even upgraded our room and gave us... More 

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Micah, Thank you so much for the 5 Star review of the Lafayette Hotel! We are honored by your kind words; for Amy in particular. We will share our words with her. Again, Happy Birthday! We hope to see you back very soon More 

Pasadena, California
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

The property was well maintained and clean. I was especially impressed with the lobby. It was a good value for the price we paid, even with the additional $12/night parking (cheap in San Diego!) The only reason it was not a five star stay was because our phone did not work (and since we were only staying one night, we... More 

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David C, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Toris, Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. Many of our guests enjoy the unique, historic nature of our property; we are happy that you did as well. You are correct regarding our parking fees, they are less than 1/3 of the downtown chain hotels; thanks for mentioning it. Sorry about the phone situation,... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows makes you pay to park in their lots. I have never been to a hotel that has a parking lot, where the hotel charges you $12.00 parking per night. Here's the kicker...this doesn't even buy a parking space for yourself. I would think that if the establishment made you pay for a parking... More 

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am sorry that you were frustrated with the parking situation, however there are some things you should know about Hotel parking in San Diego. Fees are standard in San Diego because it’s a destination city. Our parking fee is less than one third of the downtown hotels. Again we... More 

Tucson, Arizona
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like a hotel with some history and very welcoming you will love this hotel! Very clean we felt right at home! We got a pool side room and loved the view and privacy and cozy feel. Highly recommend hotel staff was great aswell!

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are happy to hear you had a good time staying with us. Our stellar staff takes great pride in the quality of stay our guests receive, and we will be sure to pass along your kind words. They deserve the recognition! Our unique style and charm are the product of a lot of dedication... More 

San Diego, California
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

I want to thank Sydney, Ronan (LeStat, he looks like a young Tom Cruise) and the other Front Desk Staff at this Hotel for treating my husband and I like Movie Stars. We are local San Diegans and we stayed here to celebrate our 11th Wedding Anniversary. Our bungalow was beautiful, clean and very, very posh. We were comped breakfast... More 

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Steven M, Manager at The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Patricia, Many thanks from the Lafayette Hotel for your review! We truly appreciate your kind words regarding the unique experience we offer our guests; we are so happy that you spent your anniversary with us. Thanks for your shout-out for our dedicated team, especially Ronin and Sydney. We will pass your kind words on to them. Happy Holidays to... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Built in 1946, the Lafayette has been the site of historical glamour, and offers a unique change from a typical hotel experience. Among its famous guests were Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner and Betty Grable. Inside, the Mississippi Ballroom took center stage where Hollywood’s stars came to dance the night away. Conveniently located to all shopping, entertainment and business areas, the historic Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows is, indeed, the best lodging choice in San Diego. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Address: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104-1103
Region: United States > California > San Diego
Price Range: $120 - $295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows 3.5*
Number of rooms: 131
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Also Known As:
Lafayette Hotel San Diego
Lafayette San Diego
Hotel Style:
#9 Green Hotel in San Diego
#23 Best Value Hotel in San Diego
#64 Business Hotel in San Diego
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“if you're looking for a quite room, stay away from the pool area.”
 of 5 bubbles tvanacore, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“corner room, away from street, prob best”
 of 5 bubbles P3566NGnancys, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you can afford the bungalows that have a full kitchen, two bedrooms, do it! It's worth it!”
 of 5 bubbles , 20 Nov 2016 | Read review
“room 55 has a magical view and will put you right in the middle of the pool scene”
 of 5 bubbles 724karyns, 19 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The room I stayed in wasn't luxurious, but it was sufficient. They have multiple rooms to stay in. Think I'll try by the pool next time. ”
 of 5 bubbles nye_eye, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
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